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New groups to look at Hawick flood protection scheme

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The first meeting of a new working group for Hawick's flood protection scheme is due to take place later this month.

Scottish Borders Council is forming two groups to look at traffic management and the impact of the £44million scheme on the townscape.

The groups will give residents the chance to have their say as the detailed designs are drawn up. Previously, plans for the scheme received almost 50 objections from residents.

Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park cafe halted

A cafe in Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park that was meant to open back in April has had its open date delayed until the start of February.

The café is part of a £3.6m regeneration project, funded by Scottish Borders Council and The Big Lottery Fund. New facilities in the park include a children's play area, cycle paths, an upgraded bandstand and a walled garden.

However, the cafe building has been unoccupied, and will remain closed for a further three months.

Councillor Stuart Marshall says local residents are not happy with the delays:

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53-year-old man seriously assaulted in Hawick

Anyone with information should call Galashiels CID on 101 Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Hawick. A 53-year-old man was attacked by an unknown number of suspects resulting in injuries to his head and hand.

The incident is believed to have happened at around 1am on Sunday 20 August in the area of Minto Place. The man was taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information should call Galashiels CID on 101 and quote incident number 341 of 20 August.

£41million Hawick flood protection scheme opposed

A town meeting will be held on the 31 August Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a flood protection scheme for Hawick have received 48 objections from the public, which were published today, Friday 18 August. The £41million scheme would be finished by 2022, but complaints may mean lengthy delays to the project.

The complaints are mostly about the size of the wall and blocking off views of the river. Other complaints are about the disruption to the town during construction which could affect business.

There are also warnings that any delays over the complaints could set the project back. A town meeting will be held on the 31 August to address the issues and give further updates on the scheme.

Chest heart & Stroke Scotland community hub opened in Hawick

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A new Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) community hub has been opened on the High street in Hawick.

It was opened today, Friday 21 July, with MSP Rachael Hamilton, MP John Lamont, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr John Scott as well as members of the Hawick and District Stroke Group in attendance.

CHSS nurses also took blood pressures and gave taster stroke experience workshops.

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